Stability critical to zero carbon goal, says industry
Industry leaders have called for change in Whitehall following the government’s decision to scrap the green homes grant. The sector called for a long-term strategy from the government that would enable firms and consumers to achieve zero carbon emissions. It brought a sorry end, with just two days notice, to a scheme that has been mired in complaints from homeowners and industry almost since introduction
Concerns had been raised by the CIPHE, campaigners and installers over delays in getting work and pay-outs despite nearly 100,000 sign-ups.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy sought to limit the damage and briefed against the American firm that had been running it. But officials talked up the local authority scheme delivering to people who couldn’t fund installations – and gave it £300m. Business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:
“Today’s funding boost will mean even more households across England are able to access these vital grants through their local authority.”
But many small firms had been persuaded to invest and industry leaders reacted with fury, saying the botched scheme was part of a wider lack of Whitehall focus as there was a lack of direction, training, milestones and consumer advice.
CIPHE Chief Executive Officer Kevin Wellman said: “The announcement is a huge kick in the teeth. It’s a blow for installers and IAs at a critical moment. We will be working to find a way forward; we all support the need to reduce carbon – but the industry won’t wait.”